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9th Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Mediterranean House Plan, Home Plan, View Lot House Plan, Rosabella 11-137

The Rosabella’s rounded roof tiles and stucco exterior can’t help but stimulate the warm regions of Italy and Spain. Mild arches top window and doorway spaces, adding to the Mediterranean feel. Vibrant stucco-clad tips figure the complex entry porch, and keystones add a traditional aspect.

Access doors open in to a high-ceilinged entry where light enters via an arched transom. Moving forward you come to the highly glassed hexagonal great room. The inside is totally modern, and nowhere is the fact that more noticeable than within this bright and open space.

Curved transoms crown wide banks of glass that fill the majority of three walls. All but the windows flanking the fireplace slide-open to enable in gentle breezes, or offer access to a patio that covers the entire rear. When the weather is inviting, the patio effectively doubles the living space.

An angled pony wall bounds one aspect of the G-shaped kitchen. Entering the great room, it is possible to look over it to determine what’s cooking on the range. The sink hides behind an rasied eating bar that lines another peninsular counter. While washing-up home ware, it is possible to take the great room plus the patio as well as the scenery beyond.

The vaulted owners’ suite fills the whole left-wing. Luxurious features include an interestingly shaped shower, double mirror, walk-in closet and completely private toilet. Sliding glass doors in the bedroom allow direct patio entry.

Two more rooms, a bathroom, along with a large utility room are in the right side, which links with the Rosabella’s two-car garage. A deep walkin pantry at the rear of the utility room increases the kitchen’s currently ample space for storage. Stairs to the basement are close to the garage.

4th Jun, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

2 Story Garage Plan, Garage with Apartment, Garage 20-067

Garage with Apartment 20-067

This 2 story Craftsman garage plan can house up to two cars. Both garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. A storage room is along the back with the mechanical closet and the stairs leading to the apartment landing. Once on the second floor you will find a loft living area, kitchen and full bathroom.

2nd Jun, 2014
Announcements, Articles, Blog

Ranch House Plan, Home from the Heart, Brightheart 10-610
BRIGHTHEART 10-610

The recent uptick in the economy and growing consumer confidence has emboldened homeowners with big dreams of building larger homes. It was only two years ago when Rick McAlexander, CEO of Associated Designs in Eugene, Oregon, worked with home builders who ordered smaller house plans, saving money on building costs, energy bills and long term maintenance. With the recession in the rear view mirror and the wealth index on the rise, it appears that people are ready to live large again.

Associated Designs in May released the results of their annual Home from the Heart survey showing people wanting a home that’s significantly larger than previous years, at an average of 2300 square feet. Rick says he’s also seeing a significant increase in the size of homes actually being built.

 “Over the last eight months, I’m seeing a big difference in requests for house plans that include larger rooms, more specialty areas and bigger owner’s suites with luxury spas,” says Rick.

Every year for the past 20 years, Associated Designs has commissioned a survey on homeowner preferences, offering respondents the opportunity to define a specific style of home and floor plan with quality features that best reflect their desires. The company’s designers use the survey results to create a dream home design which, in theory, is the perfect home for the average family. According to Rick, the single-level Brightheart plan, released today, is their 2014 Home from the Heart.

The Brightheart plan is a single-level ranch, a clear survey winner over traditional country styling, which has prevailed in previous years. The popularity of the ranch home, with contemporary and clean lines, is a nod toward a cultural surge of all things associated with mid-century fashion, from furniture and home accessories to clothing and TV shows. But, the new ranch style is nothing like grandma’s house. Rick believes there is much to learn from the past, but much to gain by bringing things up-to-date.

“I have fond memories of growing up in a mid-century home, where my family gathered in the den to eat on TV trays and watch Gunsmoke,” Rick laughed, “But, in today’s ranch we’ve busted open those tight floor plans and added an ultra-modern kitchen with large gathering spaces.”

Where the ubiquitous 50’s ranch had low ceilings and dark spaces, the new ranch sports high, vaulted ceilings with abundant natural light washing in through multiple large windows. The light fixtures are flush mounted with carefully chosen and artfully designed chandeliers, post-modern sconces and energy efficient bulbs. Homeowners from the survey also suggested a desire for passive solar window orientation with a deep overhang and radiant heat.

One consistent result from the yearly survey is the preference for a casual but high quality lifestyle, utilizing informal living spaces and large, feature-rich kitchens opening up to friendly great rooms. The Brightheart plan demonstrates that concept perfectly with a T-shaped kitchen that’s plumbed and wired for every convenience, including a tech center tucked into an alcove near the door to the garage. The raised eating bar that fronts the kitchen’s L-shaped work island doubles as a dining room buffet.

In today’s ranch home, the transition to the outdoors is smooth and purposeful, connecting to natural spaces that are seen from the inside while easily luring the homeowner outside. In this plan, the sliding glass doors offer easy access to a covered patio, built to the same height as the living room, and offering an inviting outdoor space regardless of weather.

A perennial favorite from the survey, easily incorporated in a single-level ranch, is the owner’s suite on the main floor. And, adding to the functionality of a home on one level is a concept called “aging in place” and requested by 70% of the survey respondents. While our grandparents aged at home in spite of major modifications required to widen hallways and add wheelchair ramps, today’s ranch is taking those needs into account when the home is built.

The modern ranch plan includes roomy hallways leading from open great rooms, curbless showers, walk-in pantries, flush levels from garage to living space, and many more features necessary for a person to call it their forever home. Keeping some flavor from the 50’s era, the contemporary ranch home now includes quality construction, energy efficient designs and highly livable spaces. It’s a new home every generation will love.

as seen at newswire.net

2nd Jun, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Craftsman House Plan, Ranch House Plan, Ravenden 30-712, Home Plan

Craftsman-style windows, columns, and ornamental gable finishes give their classic appeal to the Ravenden. This small ranch-style house plan offers a mixture of openness, economy and contemporary attributes that both empty nesters and young families will find applealing.

Shake-textured shingles fill the triangular gable fronts, while also incorporating visual appeal for the framed-out bases of the tapered columns. Both are Craftsman elements, as is the covered front porch. It is easy-to imagine a old-fashioned wooden porch swing hanging from the ceiling on the right end, or a few wicker chairs across the front.

Family gathering spaces are on the left side; bedrooms and bathrooms are on the right. Muted light filters into the foyer via a sidelight and three slender glass panes nearby the the top of entry door. The longish foyer leads past the coat closet and into the significant open gathering space at the rear, where the living room, dining room and kitchn flow together.

Sun light spills into the entire space through two broad window sets. The dining room's glass doors slide-open, offering easy-access to your partly covered deck. If the environment is buggy, the patio could possibly be screened in. A raised eating bar bounds a kitchen with counters on three sides and cupboards on two.

Standing at the kitchen sink, you may appreciate the ever-changing seasonal landscape outside. The door across the room opens into a utility room with a door to the Ravendenis two-car garage. This garage is naturally brighter than most, as a result of line of multipaned windows that span its front.

The owners' suite features add a roomy walk-in closet, plus a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity.

29th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Country House Plan, Duplex Plan, Kennewick 60-037

Front gables and standard railed front porches provide a country flavor to this updated duplex plan. All the Kennewick’s three-bedroom units has more living space than you may assume, which becomes noticeable as soon as you move inside. Shared walls between the two models are doubly dense, to increase privacy.

Sun light spills into the entry through a slim window next to the entrance. A bench with a strip of hooks above nestles to the entry alcove. From there, one step gives you in to a wideopen space that stretches easily in the existing room’s front window to the kitchen at the rear. A flush eating bar rims the peninsular counter that partly separates your kitchen.

More lighting washes into this large gathering space by way of a wide window in front, and also a triplet of smaller panes set at the top of the living room wall, and extensive windows in the dining area. Counters and appliances wrap around three sides of the step-efficient kitchen. A pantry is on the fourth side.

Sliding glass doors in the rear of your kitchen offer use of a covered patio, while the window in front of your kitchen sink offers a view to the rear. A bathroom is right around the corner, across from the utility room and near a door to the storage. This is most appreciated when unloading items at night or in inclement weather.

Three bedrooms and two additional bathrooms are upstairs in each the Kennewick’s units. The owners’ suite has a private toilet and a wide window that overlooks the street. Its closet spans one whole wall. Secondary rooms share another bathroom, with a linen closet as well as a combination bathtub and shower.

27th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Ranch House Plan, Vacation Home Plan, Anacortes 30-936

Lines that are simple and clean create the almost symmetrical, ranch house plan the Anacortes a refreshing treat for your eyes, inside and out. Its looks is enhanced by an intriguing juxtaposition of v-shaped struts fronting a wide A-frame entry gable.

One large vaulted gathering room fills the home's heart. Some could even find it breath-taking, stepping into this house through the mirror image atrium doors. Ceilings slope up from the sides to a lofty apex that links the A-framed windows at the front to their reflective twins at the rear of the home.

At the front, a wood-burning fireplace nestles into one corner of the great room. Kitchen and dining area are at the rear, near sliding glass doors that provide access to the vaulted covered patio. Natural light washes in through wide windows in both the kitchen and dining area.

Kitchen cupboard and counter space is liberally available. Friends and family will appreciate the lengthy, multi-angled work island, that will be rimmed by a conversation/eating bar that bounds the kitchen. Stools ranged along it will function as the most popular seats in the house. Cooks involved in food generation certainly are a guaranteed draw.

Utilities, a roomy pantry and a small bathroom are in the wing to the left of the kitchen. This area also serves as being a pass-through link to the 2-car garage, which making it safe and comfortable to unload groceries at night or in inclement weather.

Three bedrooms fill the Anacortes’ right wing. Owners’ suite features include a huge walk-in closet and a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity. The toilet and shower can be fully enclosed for privacy and steam containment. Two atrium doors offer access to a concrete walkway that wraps around to the back.
 

 

27th May, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Shingle Style House Plan, Craftsman House Plan, Ranch House Plan, Home Plan Glenhaven 30-927

Shingle siding, Craftsman-style windows and stone veneer column supports a comfortable, natural experience of the modern Shingle-style Glenhaven house plan. Inside this reasonably compact house, large expanses of glass brighten the vaulted family gathering spaces that flow together at the rear.

Entering via the porch that is covered, you move right into a hallway leading straight ahead for the expansive vaulted area. Along the way, you pass double doors on the right that open to th den. Its place makes it perfect for a property office. This room could also be outfitted as a guest room, another bedroom, art studio, exercise room, or whatever suits.

Two closely identical rooms and a bathroom are for the left of the entry hallway. One has a front window; the other has a side window.

The vaulted ceiling in the living/dining area slopes up from the entry hall, then down at the rear. A gas fireplace nestles into one back corner. On the other side of the room, a peninsular eating bar ties the kitchen. Sliding glass doors in the dining area access a partially covered patio flanked by slender posts. If desired, the covered area could be screened.

A spacious walk in pantry fills one corner of the step-efficient kitchen. Standing in the double sink, kitchen workers can peer over to the patio at the rear yard, or check the gathering spaces to keep track on activities.

The Glenhaven’s owners’ suite is down a passageway to the right of the entry hall, just past the coat den and coat closet. The suites amenities include a large walk in closet and a two-section bathroom with a dual vanity.  A storage closet along with a utility room links the garage and are accessed via the owners' suite hallway.

19th May, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

Country House Plan, Home Plan, Marion 30-174

Columns support the Marion's lavishly windowed front porch, creating an overall impression of warmth and understated refinement in this country house plan. Shutters and a plant shelf add to the charm.

This large two-story home with side-entry garage is designed to fit on a narrow corner lot, but the garage could be modified easily to open to the front.

Entering, you step into a two-story foyer, brightened by a gabled dormer and two skylights. Plants thrive on the high shelves near the front entry.

In the living room, high windows on both sides of the fireplace cap built-in shelves, useful for objets d'art, displaying photos, books, you name it.

Kitchen, eating nook and family room are all together, one function flowing naturally into another. This large area is richly glassed along the back. The French door opens onto a breezeway and covered patio supported by more columns.

A work island with built-in range and overhead pot rack is at the center of the spacious kitchen. Counters wrap around three sides. Other features include a walk-in pantry, large appliance center,  prep sink, and built-in desk with storage shelves. The dining room and a large utility room are right across the hall.

Amenities in the well-appointed owners' suite include two large walk-in closets, double vanity, private toilet, deep soaking tub, can custom walk-in shower.

On the Marion's upper level, skylights brighten a library that overlooks the entry. Dormer windows add charm to mirrored bedrooms. The two large unfinished attic spaces could be left as storage, become more bedrooms, or be put to different uses.

15th May, 2014
Blog, New Home Plans

Garage with Apartment, Garage with Living, 2 Story Garage Plan, 2 Car Garage, Garage Plan 20-119

Garage Plan 20-119

This Craftsman 2 car garage plan has two 10' wide and 8' high garage doors. Behind the garage is  a generously sized hobby room with stairs that lead to the apartment on the second floor. At the top of the stairs is small landing that and a door that leads to the vaulted kitchen with a washer and dryer tucked to the right along with space for a small refrigerator. The vaulted great room features a fireplace and a set of double doors that lead to the balcony. Also upstairs is a vaulted office and a bedroom along with a full bathroom which includes a soaking tub.

12th May, 2014
Blog, House Plan of the Week

European House Plan, Home Plan, Sausalito 30-521

It's simple to imagine arriving upon the Sausalito while meandering through the French countryside in this European style house plan. That decorative iron railing exudes Frenchness, while the shutters, stone veneer, porch posts, and multipaned windows add country charm. Arched openings lead into a large three-car garage with added depth within the single bay.

Everyday family living and special events take place in the large, window-bright gathering space on the ground floor. Kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together, linked by a wide arch. Slim windows flank a gas fireplace that creates a cheerful focal point on the right side; dining and kitchen are on the left.

Windows fill most of the rear wall. Inside the dining area, one of two door-high windows opens onto a partially covered patio. Counters wrap around three sides of the kitchen, and more workspace is available on the work island.A raised eating bar runs across the front, while a built-in cook top is seated on the opposite side. The step-in pantry is exceptionally wide.

In addition to the bathroom, two more areas fill out this floor: an office, a study, just inside the entry, and an office/den right off the kitchen. Either, of course, could be put to other uses.

On the second-floor, a balcony overlooks the dramatic, two-story foyer. Additionally, it links the owners' suite on the right with secondary bedrooms, utility room, and a large bonus room on the left. The bonus rooms large walk-in closet offers attic access.

The Sausalito's owners' suite features a substantial walk-in closet, and also a smaller one opposite. The owners bathroom has a dual vanity, private toilet and an oversized walk-in shower with a built-in seat. Secondary bedrooms share a two-section bathroom.

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